Annedal Apartment

I’ve arrived, unwillingly, at the point where I’ll accept stunning compositions of tone and texture and materials as a relatively acceptable replacement for color. Here’s a case to support my point, this monochromatic apartment in Stockholm, Annedal specifically. Continue reading


Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht Hotel

In the heart of exciting and vibrant Amsterdam you’ll find a hotel whose interiors are designed by a local, yet world renowned designer, Marcel Wanders. Housed in the city’s former public library, Wanders endowed the hotel with native personality, history, character, and local life style. Continue reading


Graine & Ficelle: Sleep Well In the Cote d’Azur

This family friendly bed and breakfast is located in the beautiful French countryside. Graine & Ficelle was designed and is owned by Isabella Salusti, who also offers culinary lessons to her guests using locally sourced organic meats, cheeses and produce. Continue reading


Amy’s House

It is rare to see a renovation that so honestly transforms a 1950s California bungalow. By that I mean a remodel that repurposes a home through radical changes of purpose and minimal material alterations, just like Melbourne-based MAKE architecture had done in Amy’s house. Continue reading


Who will be crowned World Interior of the Year 2014?

I guess we’ll just have to wait for INSIDE World Festival of Interiors design awards ceremony in October at Singapore’s most spectacular Marina Bay Sands Hotel. This year’s awards consist of 60 nominations from 21 countries across nine categories; from Creative Re-use, Hotels and Residential, to Offices, Retail, Bars & Restaurants, and more – Check out our favorite nominees.

* Pictured above is Harrods Escalator Hall in London, designed by Make Architects. The stunning centrepiece glass chandelier was designed by sculptor Dale Chihuly. Continue reading


Private House Home and Studio

Creating a cozy home of 600 sq.m. may be daunting. Though with skillful manipulation of light and volume, it can be achieved, and artfully so. The blank and bland original concrete structure has been transformed in to a sophisticated modern home. The voluminous spaces are retained and defined by subtle changes in flooring; from wood planks to large slabs of tile in shades of sand and deep charcoal. Raw square concrete columns are left exposed. Continue reading


Thurnbichlweg Chalet

An Austrian chalet comes with very high standards for idyllic locations, spectacular scenery, and charming, comforting interiors. This renovated chalet, by Bernd Gruber, excels at all three through respect for the original structure, the perfectly balanced use of natural materials, and the contrast between tradition and modern design. Continue reading


Sabottka Apartment: Ricochet Off the Walls

Once again, the creative team at Thomas Kroeger Architects has created a classic combination of quiet elegance meets a riotous evolution of color and geometry. A series of connected spaces blend together to create this dynamic apartment in Berlin. Continue reading


Vasastan Apartment: 1930s Refreshed

There is something so completely alluring about the restoration of a building that pairs the personality of the past with modern minimalism. The apartments in this central Stockholm structure from the 1930s represent the best of today and yesterday. Continue reading


Renny St Residence: Artsy Funky Sydney Terrace

The hint of teal on the windows and front door of this grey stone facade are a tiny indication of what lies beyond in this spirited home. Let’s lay the ground work first. Stacked on three levels, the first floor shares the living, dining, kitchen, and garden, in that order from the front door onward. The second level houses three bedrooms and one bath. And the top floor bedroom gains square footage from a roof dormer. Continue reading